NEWS ANCHOR: Mr. Hankins can you please describe what happened after the attack was over?
“The gunpowder was still lingering in the air as San Bernardino Police Lt. Mike Madden and three other officers approached a conference center where a mass shooting had been reported. Bodies had fallen outside the meeting room in San Bernardino, California,” what these officers experienced on that Thursday evening
April 19, 1995, 9:02 a.m: a bomb was set off beneath the Alfred P. Murrah Building. The bomb damaged the structural support beams and the Northern support columns. Half of the building collapsed. 168 people died (Cook 5). Eric McKisick, a district manager, recalls the incident, ¨I made an assumption that, hey, everybody is out, everybody is good, and I left at that point. It wasn't ´till much later that I saw the devastation and understood they didn't respond because they couldn't.” Not only were there a large number of casualties, 300 people were also injured, some of whom were physically impaired for the rest of their life. A child who was in the building at the time of the explosion states, “I have no recollection of that day, but I’m reminded everyday about it because of my breathing problems (Brandes, Heide, Schapiro).”
Colonel J.D. Magnus was the commander of Camp Edwards in Massachusetts when the event hit that Saturday night which seemed like an eternity ago. Camp Edwards is or was an Army National Guard training area, the largest in the northeast. Like many National Guard and Reserve components throughout the nation it was the time of year that they held two week drills constantly on post by various units. On the night of the event the camp was at its maximum capacity as far as units on two week drill. Some of the units had been in the field for two weeks already and were returning to garrison to clean and turn in vehicles, tents, weapons and other gear. There were also new units arriving to start their two week drill.
The Nashville Sit-ins helped to desegregate some shopping districts and food areas while also helping to further desegregation. The first time sit-ins took place as a form of protest was during the 1940’s in Chicago and they had success at a few businesses. During the Civil Rights Movement sit-ins gained more attention and became more prominent. In 1960 the youth of Nashville had decided to attempt to desegregate lunch counters through sit-ins with the encouragement and help of new comer Reverend James Lawson. Reverend James Lawson educated the youth about nonviolence and helped them organize to take action through workshops that he put on. From Lawson’s workshops emerged two new young leaders Diane Nash and John Lewis local college students.
At 9:02 a.m. CST, a rental truck filled with explosives is detonated outside the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. It was all planned by two former US army soldiers Timothy McVeigh, and Terry Nichols. Approximately, 500 people were injured, 168 people were dead including 19 children who were in the daycare of the building. This bombing shook the whole country. Luckily, the Army veteran Timothy McVeigh is arrested in a traffic stop because he got caught driving a car without license plate.
On July 17, 1944, there was an explosion at Port Chicago naval base. The first explosion was followed by a second massive explosion. More than a mile away, Navy personnel were thrown from their beds, windows were blown out and buildings collapsed. As men rushed down to the docks they found that it was completely blown away, along with the ships and all the personnel working there. There were no survivors to explain what caused this devastating accident. But the men assigned to move explosive ammunition from train cars to ships to be sent to troops overseas had a pretty good idea. They told a story of unfair working conditions, not enough training and dangerous competitions to see which teams could load their ships faster. So when they were asked to return to work on another dock to load explosives, they refused. They would not work with explosives unless the conditions improved. They were yelled at, they were imprisoned, they were threatened with the death sentence and some of them agreed to go back to work. In the end, 50 African-American sailors were charged with mutiny and court-martialed.
The Beltway Sniper attacks disrupted an already unsettled community. The Terrorist attacks that took place on September 11th 2001 the area effected by the attacks more commonly by the locals as the DMV (District, Maryland and Virginia) area. Only a year after the events of 9/11 tragedy strikes in the form of two snipers the devastated the community. One cannot really understand the motive of these men without knowing a little about the two men and the crimes the committed.
On August 26, 2008, 25-year-old Mohammed Taheri-azar was sentenced to 26-33 years in prison for an act of terrorism on UNC’s campus. He rented a Jeep and drove it through the most popular meeting place on campus, the “pit” (Carlson, 2008). Taheri-azar seriously injured nine people, but intended to kill many more. Some victims spoke out about their experiences. One victim, Larry Allsep, stated “When the jeep got close, I smelled the fumes and the gas.” He also said that he went up onto the hood and was thrown off. Allsep suffered many injuries from the attack, including a broken wrist and tail
JOHNSON CITY (WENY) - Clean up crews continue to pull cars and rubble from what use to be a two story hospital parking garage, in Johnson City, after it collapsed Thursday afternoon.
The United States had its largest hostage rescue operation in its entire history, during the 1991 Sacramento hostage crisis. Four Vietnamese men, aged between 17 and 21, with legally acquired firearms purchased by the leader of the group, entered into a Good Guys! Electronics store with the intention to hold hostages until the four gunmen would receive (as ransom) “$4 million, four bullet-proof vests, a helicopter, and a 1,000-year-old ginger plant” (Gross, p. 10). “The gunmen had told negotiators and hostages that they were dissatisfied with their lives in the United States, frustrated by the difficulty of finding jobs and eager to be "movie stars" during the televised hostage crisis” (Gross, p. 8). These men wanted notoriety, and they wanted to return to their country of origin, Vietnam, using the helicopter they demanded in the ransom. Despite threatening the hostages, shooting several of them with the intent to injure them, and making wild ransom requests, the Vietnamese men made little headway. After they realized their ransom offers were not going to be met, they pushed the negotiators to give bulletproof vests in exchange for several women and children. After successfully delivering one vest, “…(SED Sniper Jeff Boyes) had received permission to fire on any subject he could obtain a clear line of sight on” (Sumner, p. 11). An opportunity arose,
On June 1, 2009, a Memphis, Tennessee resident named Abdulhakim Mujahid Muhammad drove to Little Rock, Arkansas, in a black Ford Explorer Sports Trac armed with a .22 rifle. Once in Little Rock, Arkansas, Abdulhakim Mujahid Muhammad traveled to an Army recruiting center. After arriving at the Army recruiting center, Abdulhakim Mujahid Muhammad noticed two soldiers dressed in fatigues outside the recruiting center, one of which was identified as
On October 22, 2014 Michael Zehaf-Bibeau shot and killed a soldier. I was there and I will tell you the whole story. It all started on October 22, 2014 I was going on a walk with my dog at 6:00 am to Parliament Hill. It was a chilly morning it was about 9 degrees celsius but I like the cold weather so I went for a walk.
On November 5, 2009, Nidal Malik Hassan, a Muslim terrorist went on a shooting rampage at Fort Hood, Texas, killing 13 people and wounding 32 others (Ernst, 2017). This was the worst mass murder at a military installation in U.S. history.
Not just their safety is at risk, but also their families’. Many government workers are or have been targeted by terrorists. Terrorist attacks on domestic military facilities have grown in recent years due to the war on terrorism (Bewley). Workers are now the "targets of choice" for violent extremists in the U.S. (Bewley). One soldier — Pvt. William Andrew "Andy" Long — was killed at a recruiting station in Little Rock, Ark., on June 2009 (Bewley). At Fort Hood, Texas, on November 2009, 13 more were killed during a shooting due to a terrorist attack (Bewley). It has been rumored that government workers have been targeted through phone calls. From retirement scams to death threats, Terrorists have attempted to take government employees’ money and lives (source is